Review: Chrome’s Truk Pro SPD shoes

You may remember that way back in March, we announced that Chrome Industries (makers of those ubiquitous messenger bags) had a new SPD shoe. After that announcement, Chrome generously sent us a pair to review. I’ve been riding them for several months now and want to present my thoughts on them.


Here’s a bit about the shoes straight from Chrome’s website:


• Dual density FlexPlate™ Technology delivers unprecedented walking comfort


2.1 lb


• Durable rubber heel cup with reflective details
• Compatibility with most clipless pedal systems


• 100% Vulcanized construction
• Contoured impact-resistant PU footbed
• Skid resistant contact rubber outsole
• Abrasion-resistant 1,000 Denier Cordura upper
• Built in: Thailand

Style-wise, Chrome shoes tend to evoke “classic” footwear…shoes that resemble Vans, or perhaps Converse Chuck Taylors. The Truk Pro shoes, at least to me and to several of my cycling friends, vaguely resemble the classic Keds of the 70s and 80s. They have a similar tapered toe shape and unembellished look, much like those Keds. Some others, however, thought that Chrome dropped the ball in the styling department with the Truk Pro. My wife was not a fan and remarked that they look like “orthopedic ‘old folks shoes’”. Ouch. To each their own, I guess.

Back when we reviewed Chrome’s Kursk shoes, we remarked on the amazing durability of the 1000 Denier Cordura fabric. That same fabric makes an appearance here, and it is every bit as bombproof. The material shrugs off abrasions and stains and keeps on looking good.


Unlike the Kursk shoes we reviewed a couple years ago, the Truk Pro comes with removable sole plugs to mount most two-bolt cleats for many clipless pedal systems. The sole plugs are held in place by two cleat bolts and no cutting is required. If you don’t want cleats, leave the plugs in place. The cleat mounting holes are in a good location and offer the user plenty of adjustment fore/aft and side-to-side. I mounted Shimano-style mountain SPD cleats (my preferred pedal interface both on-and offroad) with no issue.



Chrome thoughtfully added a generous amount of reflective material to the backs of the shoes — blackout by day, dazzling by night:


The Truk Pro pedals rather efficiently; the sole is stiff enough in the right places to offer a benefit without being too stiff to walk in. The cleat pocket recessed my SPD cleats enough to minimize contact with the ground, so there are no worries about chewing up your hardwood floors or breakroom linoleum should you wear them to work. The insole is cushy, and the shoe itself is comfortable for all-day wear.

In my experience, the overall fit was a bit of an issue. Normally, I wear size 10s in most brands of shoes, with the occasional 9.5 thrown in. The Truk Pro pair I reviewed was size 10. The foot part felt the right size…but the heel cup just doesn’t work for me. I experienced a bit of heel lift when walking unless I cranked the laces really tight, and still my foot sloshed around toward the backs of the shoes. It might be a good idea to try a pair on, if possible, before purchase. I am hesitant to suggest that you order a half-size down, but in my case, I think that may have helped. According to Chrome’s website, the shoes come in half-sizes from U.S. 4.5 all the way through 11.5, and whole sizes up to U.S. 14. The Truk Pros come in black or grey.

Overall, I liked the Chrome Truk Pros. They are subtle enough for daily wear in casual work environments, they do a fine job whether walking or pedaling, and they are supremely durable. Priced at $95.00 USD, that’s not a bad price for quality footwear with the features Chrome offers. Just check the sizing, if possible, and ride on!

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  1. BluesCat July 18, 2013 7:43 am 

    GR – I have a pretty narrow foot, especially at my heel. So in addition having a good bit of heel lift in whatever shoe I try, my heel also bangs around, side to side.
    As a result, going down a size wouldn’t work for me, but I have discovered a solution which does work and will pass it along here for the consideration of others. PROFOOT makes a product called the 2 oz. Miracle. It’s an insole that is made of memory foam that replaces the current insole in your shoe. As it molds itself to your foot, not only does it give you some great arch support, but the heel portion cradles your heel and fills up the space between the sides of your heel and the inside of your shoe; this eliminates my skinny heel problem.
    The 2 oz. Miracle used to be available at all the drug stores, but that other shoe doctor’s products seem to have filled up the shoe care space lately. You can still get it online or you can have your druggist order it for you. They only cost $8.99 and I think they are a bargain.
    As far as the styling of the Truk goes … Nuts! … Now your wife’s comment has me in a quandary: Do I want to get a classically styled shoe that the other geezers around the office will be okay with, or should I go with something more edgy that’ll impress the ladies?

  2. Ghost Rider July 18, 2013 8:31 am 

    @BluesCat – thanks for the insole tip. I use insoles to take up the slack in a lot of shoes, as I have fairly low-volume feet.

    The more I think about the Chrome shoes, the more I think the heel cup isn’t “cuppy” enough. The inner walls are too straight and my heel is fairly bulbous, so the shoe just doesn’t conform to my heel shape.

    Remember also that my wife’s comment is the outlier; these shoes are generally well-received by people much more stylish than myself.

  3. Dan Tanks July 18, 2013 4:26 pm 

    Thanks for the insight on gearing up for the daily commute, I gotta come up with a good list to use for the rail commute.

  4. Cold rider July 25, 2013 1:32 am 

    They did’not keep the reflector that was above the heel on the previous version? It was a neat feature for people who live in countries where reflectors are mandatory on wheels and pedals.

  5. Ghost Rider July 25, 2013 4:05 am 

    Cold Rider — the entire rim of the shoe at the top of the heel is reflective. Photo and description of that above in the review itself.

  6. Cold rider July 26, 2013 1:43 am 

    Sure but that is fine if you wear a short. Most likely to be covered if you wear trousers.

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